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Team Liquid, Team Vitality and Ninjas in Pyjamas become the latest teams to qualify for the BLAST Premier: World Final, which runs from Dec. 14-19, 2021. The World Final is the culmination of the annual BLAST circuit, with eight teams competing for a $1 million USD prize pool.

Liquid, Vitality and NiP join five other teams, four of whom are already locked in. Gambit Esports qualified by winning the BLAST Premier: Spring Final. Heroic secured their spot by winning ESL Pro League Season 13. Natus Vincere progressed by winning EPL Season 14 and the PGL Major 2021 and lastly, G2 Esports did so by accumulating points through the BLAST World Leaderboard.

The eighth and final slot at the World Final goes to the winner of the ongoing BLAST Premier: Fall Final. If the winner is a team that has already qualified — such as the heavily favored Na’Vi — the spot will go to the next team in line on the World Leaderboard. The Fall Final ends on Nov. 28, 2021, when the grand final will crown the winner in front of a live crowd at the Copenhagen Royal Arena.

Of the three newest teams to qualify for the World Final, two of them — Vitality and Liquid — are slated to undergo major roster changes. It is unknown whether these changes will take place before or after the World Final. In contrast, NiP have recently signed Patrick “es3tag” Hansen to take the place of rookie Linus “LNZ” Holtäng, who competed with the team at the PGL Major. The expectation is that the team will run with this roster for a while, giving them some time to find their form ahead of the World Final.

The BLAST Premier World Final will take place offline, at an undecided location. It is the final S-Tier tournament of 2021.